A wonderful book.

One of the few books I would give five stars to.  I loved this book and loved it even more as it brought back memories of driving down the Araluen Valley to Moruya to visit my mum and dad.  There was also mention of the Canberra suburb Garran where I used to teach. The book…

The last book written by Andrew McGahan

What a strange book this was. The book is set in Tasmania and I picked it up because I had read his Miles Franklin Award winning book, The White Earth. I am not someone who would normally read books about the paranormal and at almost 600 pages, requiring some suspension of disbelief, particularly at the…

More Australian authored books

Peace by Garry DisherAnother Australian book, crime fiction, this one set in South Australia.  If you have read Bitter Wash Road you will love this one as it is a follow on to Constable Paul Hirschhausen but can still be read as a stand alone book. “Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the…

Australian Children’s Literature

On our recent visit to Canberra I was able to visit the exhibition on Australian Children’s Literature at the National Library of Australia. The building always impresses me and reminds me of the Parthenon in Greece. The exhibition was in its last few days so I was lucky to be able to get to Canberra…

Some catching up.

As things have been a bit hectic here I have a bit of catching up to do. First things first. My December reading.  One of the books I read would have to be one of my favourite reads for 2019. Dirt Music by Tim Winton which was a Miles Franklin Award Winner in 2002. “Georgie…

Four more to add to my challenge

The Return of the Dancing Master is another crime fiction – I just can’t keep away from crime fiction. “When retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in the northern forests of Sweden, police find strange tracks in the snow — as if someone had been practicing the tango. Stefan…